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New Partners at Barbers Rural

16th MayPosted by Louise Taylor

We are all delighted to announce that Dan Bowden and Annabel Fearnall have been appointed as Partners of Barbers Rural. Both Dan and Annabel have worked alongside Senior Partner, Mike Taylor, for over 15 years and their appointment as Partners in the business is part of a continued business development plan for our successful firm of Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents.

Shropshire born and bred Annabel heads up the Estate Agency section of Barbers Rural and is extremely experienced...

The vegan, the farmer and the value of land

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

I rarely shout at the radio.  After all the presenter and his guests can’t hear me.  A few weeks ago was an exception.  Listening to a fanatical vegan activist shouting at Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 made my blood boil.  He seemed incapable of having an intelligent and balanced conversation and continually accused farmers of being murderers. Putting aside my personal view of the unsuitability of a totally plant-based diet for the highly-evolved animal that the human being is, my perception of...

Harper Adams Student Support - Valuation Principles and Practice R5027. Land at Bayley Hills, Newport

29th NovemberPosted by Annabel Fearnall

Valuation of Agricultural Land at Bayley Hills

Students currently working on the valuation of land at Bayley Hills, Newport please find below information which may assist you. As is often the case there are no exact comparables but I have provided details of those that compare best in terms of location and acreage and sold in 2017. 

All land we have sold within the last year is also accssible via our website and is listed in the 'land and farms' section...

Young Farmers and Brexit

17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) have launed a new post-Brexit online survey to ensure young peoples' views are considered as part of a future British Agricultural Policy according to the Farmers Guardian.  The survey, available online, hopes to act as a platform to push forwards the views of the industry's next generation with the NFYFC meets with Defra in October to discuss a new potential British Agricultural Policy.

The survey of open to all Young Farmers'...

Sheep Shearing at the Olympics?! Only the New Zealanders could think of it!

19th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

According to the Farmers Guardian the New Zealand Farmers Federation is campaigning for sheep shearing to be included in future Olympic Games.

Calling for sheep shearing to become an Olympic sport, the federation claims wool clippers are world-class athletes and that sheep shearing is now a bona fide sport which deserves international recognition.

Speaking ahead of the World Shearing Championships, due to be held on New Zealand’s North Island in March, federation...

Judge says rural crime should be taken more seriously.

29th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Judge Paul Batty QC has added to the growing number of calls for rural crime to be taken more seriously after he heard the trial of four men accused of stealing a mini tractor worth £2,000.  At Carlisle Crown Court Judge Batty insisted that a statement from the farmer should be read to the court, even though the prosecuting barrister had not intended to do so.

"The jury should be told of the effect it had," said the judge. "Rural crime is often dismissed as if it is just this, that...

Have McDonald's got all their eggs in one basket?

29th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Farmers Weekly reports that the egg supplier that provided all of the eggs used by McDonald's in the west of the USA has been dropped after an undercover camera exposed animal cruelty and unsanitary conditions on their farms.

Footage broadcast on ABC News America filmed last summer by animal rights group Mercy for Animals, shows poultry workers at Sparboe Farms bying birds to strings and throwing them around the factory, dragging them along the ground and tossing them in the air....

Welsh Lamb goes to Canada.

28th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Hybu Cig Cymru has headed a red meat promotion trade mission and been successful in exporting Welsh Lamb into the Canadian market with high hopes for sales into Sweden and China.

It was revealed at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair that a consignment of Welsh lamb has already been shipped across the Atlantic, with further supplies to follow.  This marks a successful attempt to move into the North American market by HCC and several Welsh processin companies.

“HCC led a trade mission...

Paice defends badger cull plans.

19th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Jim Paice, farming Minister, has defended Government plans for a badger cull in the face of fierce criticism of the proposed policy from Opposition MPs.

The Farmer's Guardian reports that MPs repeatedly clashed over the scientific justification and humaneness of the proposed cull in England during a headted debate in the House of Commons yesterday (Tuesday).

Labour MP Mary Glindon, who led the debate, claimed the policy was not backed by evidence.

She argued that the...

Lanchester Dairies restructure business.

19th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

The largest independent dairy in the North East, Lanchester Dairies, is under new ownership after the company's entire shareholding was acquired by two of its four founders, Billy and Julie Austin.

The Austins are now sole shareholders of the dairy, based in Lanchester, Co Durham, after buying out co-owners Geoff and Sandra Austin, with whom they founded the dairy business as a diversification from the family dairy farm in 1992.


The dairy business now buys and...


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